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Dr. Ben Carson, mentioned as possible GOP presidential candidate, isn’t a registered Republican

by George Bennett | March 19th, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson, registered Palm Beach County voter

Dr. Ben Carson‘s conservative speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast with President Barack Obama on stage has led to suggestions from the right that he run for president in 2016.

With his appearances at conservative and Republican events (including last month’s Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner), it’s widely assumed that the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon would be a GOP candidate if he decides to run.

That would require a party switch. Carson — who moved to West Palm Beach and registered to vote in Palm Beach County last year — is registered to vote with the obscure Independence Party of Florida, according to the county elections office.

Carson was slated to speak at an Area Agency on Aging fundraiser in West Palm Beach on Thursday, but the event has been postponed until the fall, agency CEO Jaime Estremera-Fitzgerald said.

Carson finished third in this month’s Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll with 9 percent — putting him ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other nationally known Republicans. A “Dr. Ben Carson for President” Facebook page has more than 74,000 followers.

6 Responses to “Dr. Ben Carson, mentioned as possible GOP presidential candidate, isn’t a registered Republican”

  1. nemo Says:

    Who cares what party he’s with. The reason the pbp and liberals fear him is because he is what obama “could” have been…if he was not a liberal azzhole.

  2. Poncho Says:

    It matters not what party Ben Carson belongs to. He is a conservative Black Man and as such in the eyes of the democrats and the National Association of the Advancement of DEMOCRAT color persons, he is an Uncle Tom…

  3. kelly Says:

    He’s a perfect candidate for republicans; loves to make slavery and Nazi references. Should play well in PB County. Ha!

  4. Stephen J. Blood Says:

    I am a Republican and everyone says it doesn’t matter what party Dr.Ben Carson is,but I want to vote for this man and if he is not a Republican then he will not appear on my ballot. So,to which party do I need change? I have his poster “Run Ben Run”taped to my storm door so there is no guessing as to where I stand!

  5. Heather Says:

    What matters to me are the values that Dr. Carson has. To sign the petition to draft Dr. Ben Carson for President in 2016, please visit

  6. Amir Says:

    I love Ben Carson, he has so much commonsense and charisma; however, after Obama, we need somebody that can fix the country; therefore, I would like to see a Romney / Dr. Carson run. Romney’s management success fixing BIG BUSINESSES and Ben Carson’s personality in the mix is as far as I am concerned a Prescription to win the election. You got my vote already for this team.

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